The new Netflix Originals series from India has been getting rave reviews from critics and fans alike. The success has prompted Netflix to order a second season of the same. While the rest of the world waits for the next season, we couldn’t help but analyze it.
Sacred Games is an Indian web television series based on Vikram Chandra’s 2006 thriller novel of the same name, it is also the first Netflix Original from India. The series is directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap who also produced it under their banner Phantom Films.
Now, that it has been a month since its initial release, we can’t help but feel that the series has a lot of similarities to Dan Brown novels. Especially, the Robert Langdon series. Here are a number of elements that are common between the two (Spoiler Warning!!!) –
1) A Murderous Beginning
Almost all of Dan Brown novels begin with the murder of someone important. This puts the story right into the action. It doesn’t waste time to set up the world. In Sacred Games, the first scene (apart from the death of the dog), is the Tarantino-esque murder of Jojo Mascarenhas. Now, if you think she was an expendable character then, by the end of the episode, the primary protagonist, Ganesh Gaitonde kills himself.
2) Around God, Religion
The Robert Langdon series of books are all around religion, God, politics etc. Similarly, sacred games deal with religion, the communal riots etc. With the main character Ganesh Gaitonde actually uttering the dialogue, “Kabhi kabhi lagtha hain ki apun hi Bhagwan hai” which translates to, “Sometimes I feel like, I myself am God”.
3) Ticking Time Bomb
Well, not a literal time bomb, but there is always a deadline before which either it is the end of the world or a secret is going to be published. Robert Langdon and his companions have to solve the mystery within that given time frame. This helps the author expand time. You can spend 30 pages just detailing one particular hour in the story. In Sacred Games, that is 25 days. They say, that in 25 days every one except Trivedi will die.
4) Use of Facts & Real Events
The way Dan Brown uses facts, you really want to believe in whatever conspiracy theory he’s brewing. The use of facts or real events in Sacred Games isn’t to support an underlying conspiracy theory but to show how the lives of the protagonists were influenced by the happenings of that era.
Robert Langdon’s character is a symbology professor at Harvard University. So, it’s no wonder that the plot points in all of the books are rife with symbolism. In its Indian counterpart, the most prominent introduced to us in the first season has been the Mandala. This symbol has been a constant recurrence in the series, going so far as to be a part of the initial title sequence.
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